Give Back: A Special neighbor and no-sew blankets

Written By Amy

When we moved into our neighborhood, we had no idea that just a few houses away would live someone who would become an amaing blessing to our family.  Sandra is a kind, generous, beautiful, wise and an incredibly successful woman.  What impresses me most about her, however, is her heart for our kids.

When she is not traveling world-wide for business, you can find our children just hanging out at her house, going on ice-cream dates, baking, sleepovers, or even jumping on her bed (so I hear!).  Sandra saves a stash of HUGE candy bars just for our kids and their friends on Halloween.  She makes Hannah, Hunter, and Maddie feel so special and loved, which is an amazing blessing to Jon and me.

Each year she invites our kids, and her other special adopted-kids, Austin and Ashley over for a service project (see what I mean?).  This year it was making blankets for The Children’s Hospital.


                        Ashley, Sandra, Hannah, Maddie, Austin, Hunter


After the blankets were made, we took them down to The Children’s Hospital in Denver.  The kids got to hand-deliver them to the donation office and learn about who would receive the blankets.


If you are looking for a simple and fun project for your kids, try this!  You can donate them to homeless shelters, make baby ones for NIC-U’s, women’s shelters or hospitals….or give them as gifts to loved ones.

Here are the directions for making no-sew blankets:

1. Purchase fleece…about a yard and a half per side–bigger or smaller depending on the size of the blanket you want to make.  I like to have one side a pattern and the other side a coordinating solid.

2.  Lay the fabric out on the floor, one piece on top of the other.  Trim the edges so they line up.  On each corner cut out a notch about  5 inches by 5 inches  (about the length of the strips you will be cutting and tying).

3.  Begin on one side and cut even length and width strips all along the edge.  You will continue this along all four sides.

4. Tie each of the strips from the top and bottom together in a knot. When all strips are tied, you are done!


Sandra, we thank you for your generous and serving heart, and the example you are to all of us of what’s important in life.

PS: check out our blog site to see information about our neclkace give-away!



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  1. Thanks for the idea. I’m sticking this away in my file for our church youth group. I think they’d have a lot fun spending an afternoon making these and then taking them to a local hospital or some such place.

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